Fairfield Police Officer Shoots Driver of a Pickup Truck that Tried to Run Him Down.
Fairfield (NJ) Acting Essex County ProsecutorCarolyn Murray and Fairfield Police Chief Charles Voelker Jr. are reporting an officer involved shooting at 5:30 p.m. this evening in the Township. Minutes before the incident, a concerned driver contacted the Fairfield Police Department and reported a driver of a Ford pickup truck who was driving erratic and appeared to be a drunk driver.
The concerned driver was able to approach the pickup truck at Route 46 West and Plymouth Street and attempted to remove the keys and the driver. It was at that point the Fairfield police arrived. As the officers were investigating the incident, the driver put the truck in gear and rammed a Fairfield marked police car. He then backed up and drove over a grassy median driving in the direction of the police officer. The officer, having no avenue of escape, fired his weapon at the suspect striking him once in the head.
The suspect is a 46 year old Morris County resident whose name will be released after family members are notified. He was airlifted by the New Jersey State Police to Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. where the suspect is listed in critical but stable condition. A blood sample was taken from the suspect at the hospital by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. There were no other occupants in the suspect’s vehicle.
The Fairfield police officer is a 10 year veteran. The officer was taken to a hospital and evaluated. (The officer’s name will not be released for security reasons).
There were several witnesses who gave consistent statements of the account. The incident is under investigation by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes and Professional Standards Bureau as well as the Fairfield Police Department.
The suspect has been placed under arrested by the Fairfield police (the charges will be given tomorrow along with the suspect’s name).
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